Free Strongman and Powerlifting competition in Derry gym

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TOPTIER gym on Springtown Road is hosting a strongman and powerlifting competition to showcase the strength of locals.

Speaking ahead of the TOPTIER 001 competition, a spokesperson for the gym said: “We are delighted to be hosting our first in-house competition.”

The event will showcase local and national level talent with 45 male and female athletes set to compete on Saturday, June 29 across two different sporting disciplines: Strongman and Powerlifting.

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TOPTIER, which specialises in elite-level coaching, has highlighted that their goal for the event is to see local men and women showcase and fulfill their athletic potential.

From left to right: Aaron McLaughlin, Gemma Moore, Jacob Heaney-Henderson and Jack McGowan.From left to right: Aaron McLaughlin, Gemma Moore, Jacob Heaney-Henderson and Jack McGowan.
From left to right: Aaron McLaughlin, Gemma Moore, Jacob Heaney-Henderson and Jack McGowan.

TOPTIER 001 will see Derry’s primary strength community hope to share in the spoils of victory across eight different weight categories. The event will commence at 11 am with the bench press and overhead log. The crescendo of the competition will see athletes battle on the deadlift to lift the largest total on the day.

Due to appear at the competition is the talented Gemma Moore, winner of two ‘Ireland’s Strongest Woman' competitions. TOPTIER said they are proud and honoured to have Gemma arrive to officiate the event. There will also be an Irish National Record up for contention at the half-time interval.

The gym and event organisers also announced that several key and prominent local businesses have agreed to and offered sponsorship of this event including Storefront NI and Henderson Music.

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Admission is free for spectators. This is a non-ticketed event and TOPTIER Management encouraged all sport-lovers and gym-goers to come along and loudly support the athletes on the day. Food, refreshments and access to amenities will be available on the day.

What the gym looks like.What the gym looks like.
What the gym looks like.

Speaking before the event the gym’s owner Jacob Heaney-Henderson said: "We are ecstatic to welcome all levels of experience and ability within our walls to showcase local and national level talent in Derry. “At 001, you will see what we are about and what we have built for the people of Derry.”

As a gym, TOPTIER said it aims to coach gym novices to improve their physical strength and mental fortitude and encourage them to compete in strength sports.

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